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$ 5 million grant aims to develop roundworm-resistant sweet potatoes

A team of researchers from the LSU AgCenter, along with those at four other universities, have received a grant of more than $ 5 million from the United States Department of Agriculture to develop sweet potato varieties resistant to the invasive root knot nematode guava.

The AgCenter team, led by nematologist Tristan Watson, received a sub-grant of nearly $ 1 million to support research on sweet potato breeding and characterization of resistance mechanisms and associated genes, as well as extension of research results to regional and national stakeholders. The funds were awarded under the NIFA Specialty Crops Research Initiative.

Bollinger Shipyards Delivers Shipping Barge to General Dynamics-Electric Boat

Bollinger Shipyards delivered the Holland shipping barge to General Dynamics-Electric Boat’s Groton shipyard.

The Holland will support the construction and maintenance of the US Columbia-class ballistic missile and Virginia-class rapid attack submarines. The ship will play an important role in building the Columbia class of submarines, which will carry nearly 70% of the country’s nuclear arsenal.

The 400-foot-long vessel was designed and manufactured at Bollinger’s Lockport factory and built at its marine manufacturing facility in Amelia.

Baton Rouge General Physicians Group opens central clinic

The Baton Rouge General Physicians Group is open at 11111 Park Place Drive Suite B in Central.

Dr Shaun Spinks sees patients, from infants to the elderly, and can provide a full range of medical services, including laboratories, vaccinations and minor procedures.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (225) 333-3636.

LSU researchers find record for climate change in clam shells

For the first time, LSU researchers have been able to identify the monthly, or even weekly, ocean temperatures recorded in surfclam shells.

Because ancient civilizations consumed these fingernail-sized clams and left the shells at archaeological sites, researchers now have a new way to reconstruct the climate and its fluctuations from nearly 3,000 years ago. .

LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology doctoral student Jacob Warner is the lead author of this new research published in Chemical Geology.

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Warner and his colleagues focus on tracking a climatic phenomenon that affects much of the world called the El Niño Southern Oscillation, which is characterized by warmer-than-normal ocean temperatures, increased precipitation, and more storms. tropics and hurricanes in the southern United States.

Warner’s study sites are in northern Peru.

Baton Rouge Coca-Cola sets the stage for $ 42 million expansion

Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Co. has launched a $ 42 million expansion of its Plank Road distribution and production center.

The work includes building 120,000 square feet of warehouse space and installing new case preparation equipment that makes the job less physically demanding on warehouse staff. The expansion will create 15 new jobs in addition to the current 558 employees.

The work is expected to be completed by summer 2023.

Bombshell Boutique under new owner

Bombshell Boutique in Central is now owned by Olivia Viccellio.

Bombshell, 14790 Wax Road, is a women’s fashion boutique offering clothing, shoes and accessories.

The Notre-Dame-du-Lac Institute against cancer opens new facilities

Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Institute has moved into its newly renovated facilities and has started seeing patients.

The 19,500 square feet of renovated space will be used by patients for imaging, non-oncology infusions, palliative care, oncology infusions and medical oncology from the Our Lady of the Lake group of physicians.

Cancer patients will enter the newly designated entrance to the Notre-Dame-du-Lac Cancer Institute at 7777, boulevard Hennessy, parking C.

The recently renovated facility will house the Cancer Institute until the construction of the stand-alone facility. The institute is expected to lead the way later this year.

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